Collective strength, a community of spirit. Miuccia Prada draws together diverse groups - gangs of women - for the Miu Miu Fall/Winter 2021 fashion show.
Coming together, the Miu Miu women set out on a journey through the mountains: exploring the landscape, on a quest heading towards an unknown goal. Bravery in endeavour is reflected by courage in clothing - they are dressed for the extreme.
As a fashion show in the snow is incongruous, so garments can challenge perception and context. Outfits combine different intentions, different dreams and realities, to create different characters. Inside and outside, protective and seductive, - intentions are multiple, like the diverse identities found within each woman. And, in turn, each individual is attracted to liked-minded personas, the single becoming the collective. They form alliances, kinships. And they walk together.
In a pretence of practicality, the language of sportswear fuses with fashion. Using the vernacular of mountaineering dress, they make gestures to the landscape. There are inherent tensions when these languages are combined - a dreamlike state, when the practical is romanced through exaggeration, when the fragile can be reinvented to become brave. The utilitarian can become beautiful and pleasurable; the decorative can suddenly have reason, new purpose. Strength and fragility, courage and aggression. The realities inside all our fantasies. Practical fantasies.